Hollyhock Flower Soap Recipe

Hollyhock Flower Soap Recipe

I know I say it about all of my recipes – but this truly is another favorite of mine! Hollyhocks have soothing properties similar to their herbal cousin, marshmallow, and the drawing power of the rose clay makes this soap another one helpful for itchy or inflamed skin.

(This recipe has been reformulated from the original one published, in order to make it palm oil free.)

Hollyhock Flower Soap

Liquid & Lye Portion:

  • 4.13 ounces lye (sodium hydroxide) (6% superfat)
  • 10 ounces hollyhock tea/infusion

Oil Portion (30 ounces total):

At light trace, add:

You can buy all of the oils and butters needed for this soap at Bramble Berry or other online suppliers. I like using Essential Depot’s food grade lye at Amazon.

To infuse the water, add handfuls of fresh hollyhock flowers/rose petals to a jar and pour warm water over them. Let this infuse for several hours. You can also do a cold water infusion and let it sit overnight. Strain, ensure that the water is room temperature or colder then add your lye and proceed as directed in the post Soap Making 101. (Make sure the tea isn’t too dark though, or it may affect the final color of your soap.)

This recipe is sized to fit my homemade wooden mold – the inner dimensions are: 8 inches by 3.5 inches by 3.5 inches.  You can also use a glass bread loaf pan (lined with parchment paper) or a silicone column mold such as THIS ONE.

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More detailed instructions for making soap can be found in my post Soap Making 101. I also recommend my ebook, Natural Soap Making, which includes information on coloring soaps naturally, how to read a lye calculator, 25 of my favorite cold process palm-free recipes and more!

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19 Responses to Hollyhock Flower Soap Recipe

  1. Aldana says:

    I’m concerned about using palm oil, because of all the environmental problems its production is causing. Can we use a different oil? Thanks!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Aldana, I covered this in another post and meant to put the info at the bottom of each soap recipe. Thanks for the reminder, I’ll go in and make notes! I try not to use too much palm oil these days because of these exact concerns, but when I do buy – I only get certified sustainably farmed from Mountain Rose Herbs. The UN encourages small farmers to grow palm oil in an ecologically sound manner in order to better their lives, so in some ways I want to support that & decided not to completely stop my use of palm oil. On the flip side, I realize some people will read the recipes and not care and will buy the cheapo type bad for the world, so am developing new recipes minus palm oil as I can. (They just take time to make, test and meet my approval before I can share.)

      If you want to completely remove palm oil, you could do a recipe like the Oats & Honey Soap or Rosa Rugosa Soap and use hollyhock infusion for the water and add the extra ingredients suggested for this one at trace instead of the ones called for in the other recipes.
      So, for example, I can take the Rosa Rugosa Soap recipe found here:
      https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/rosa-rugosa-soap-recipe-palm-free/
      and make it hollyhock soap by doing this:
      28 ounces coconut oil
      42 ounces olive oil
      12 ounces sunflower oil
      11.73 ounces lye
      26 ounces strained hollyhock infusion
      At trace add:
      1 tablespoon softened shea butter (or other oil/butter)
      1/2 tablespoon pomegranate seed oil (or other oil/butter)
      1 tablespoon meadowfoam seed oil (or other oil/butter)
      1 to 2 teaspoons of rose clay (this is what gives the bar its lovely pink color)
      optional: 30 to 50 drops Bergamot essential oil (add much more for a stronger scent)

      Anything added at trace can be left out or substituted as long as you don’t go over 2 1/2 to 3 Tablespoons of extra oils/butters.

      I hope that helps! :)

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  3. Karen Orr says:

    For the record there is NO such thing as ethical or sustainable palm oil. It isn’t traceable and won’t be until at least 2020, by then orangutans could be extinct.. Some of the most respected people in sustainable palm oil promotion have been charged with chopping down virgin protected forests. As well, buying into this myth and purchasing it keeps the palm oil industry alive and robust further adding fuel to the corruption. If you want to help animals, you will do the right thing and not buy any palm oil at all therefore driving down the price and collapsing the industry. The reason so many people use palm oil is because it is cheap, cheap, cheap it is also very profitable for the corrupt. If you want to use ‘ethical’ palm oil, do some research and find a substitute for it period, and please do not use soybean oil as it is having the same effect on the Amazon Rainforest. ‘Ethical’ is used by the industry to convince you that buying it is OK, well it isn’t OK, well unless you don’t care about the plight of the animals.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Karen, Thanks for this comment! I think a big part of me wants to believe that somehow I’m supporting some small family in Africa by buying sustainable palm oil, but you are correct. We truly can’t trust that’s true. I’m revamping each soap recipe as I can to remove the palm oil. I was afraid that it would make the quality of my soap diminish, but surprisingly I’m loving the new recipes even more! This week, my hollyhocks are in full bloom and I’d like to get a batch of soap made from them. I’ll be revising this recipe to be palm free as well. Thanks for the reminder that we can’t look at everything with rose-colored glasses; that’s what I needed to hear to kick my final bit of palm oil dependance!!

      • Karen Orr says:

        Good morning Jan, your note made my day (our city has been under a state of emergency from flooding since Thursday, long week). This is so awesome, I’m happy you’re able to find recipes that still work without the palm oil. I think we can all reformulate our recipes and share our experiences, especially the veteran soapers! Looking forward to more of your posts and recipes! P.S. The orangutans, Sumatran tigers, pangolins and many more say thank you!

  4. Georgann Serino says:

    are mica natural colorants

  5. Jim says:

    I like the idea of the hollyhock infusion but am wondering why. What does it do for the properties of the soap as opposed to just using normal water? I also really like the idea of adding the red clay for color. Thanks.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Jim! The idea behind using herbal/floral teas and infused oils in soap making is the hope that some of the beneficial properties come through into the final bar of soap. In hollyhock’s case, it soothes, cools and tames inflammation so it would be a good choice for irritated, sensitive or eczema prone skin. Now, whether or not any of the benefits actually survive hasn’t been scientifically proven. Some people think they don’t. Or, if they do, then maybe some herbs make it out better than others. From personal experience with a kid that had severe eczema and my own sensitive skin, a plain homemade soap is quite nice, but a homemade soap loaded with herbs that are good for your skin and inflammation is exponentially better. So, while there’s no proof that it will or won’t matter, I’m pretty convinced that adding herbs to soap does something special to it.

  6. Jim says:

    Thanks, That brings to mind a new question. Since the SH is such a powerful chemical, would it make sense to do an oil infusion with the hollyhocks that would be added to the oils late in the process as you do with the essential oils used for scenting? I am looking forward to trying this with my next batch. Perhaps turning the hollyhocks into a pesto like mix and adding it into the oils
    As a skin friendly soap I have really liked a mixture of lard, coconut and safflower oil. One of the nicest and best received soaps I’ve made.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Jim! I’ve started to prefer using infused oils over teas myself lately. I go through spells where I like to switch it up, but I’m thinking like you that the properties might have a better shot at making it through the soap making process in an infused oil than in direct contact with the lye.

  7. Peggyrae says:

    I have been so inspired making your soaps and am wondering if you have tried making a soap with a rosehips tea or infusion? Rosehips are in season here and I was thinking with all that vitamin C and the beautiful color they would be wonderful for soap. I was thinking this hollyhock soap could be a good base but what EO combination would be good for rosehips? I don’t have rose EO but I saw a recipe somewhere that used geranium and something else maybe lemongrass? Scents are one of the toughest challenges aren’t they?

  8. Peggyrae says:

    Thank you so much for you suggestions and the links. I recently finished cutting a batch of Hollyhock soap I made from Hollyhocks from my own garden. I did add some Kaolin clay. They are so lovely!

    I decided to hold off on the rosehips and dry them. Too bad I accidentally broiled them to a crisp when I turned on my stove later that day to make a dinner for company. I do have some powdered rosehips and have just ordered some dark red Brazilian clay from Brambleberry. I may try a light tea from the powder and color with the clay… Planning to make another batch of Lavender soap today or maybe that Avocado Shampoo. I am so hooked. Looking at some Herbal medicine books currently to see what I have in my yard that I can put to use…. I am seeing lots of mallows, yarrow, and plantains. Anyway, love the weekends. Happy soaping!

    • Hi Peggyrae, So happy that you are enjoying your hollyhock soap! I’m so sorry about your rosehips! That is something I would do too – I’m always accidentally burning half-eaten pans of cookies that I stick in there and forget about.

      I JUST got in some dark red Brazilian clay from Bramble Berry too! I’m so curious to see how it differs from the pink. They have a rather similar color when I compare the bags. It will be fun to experiment!

      How lucky to have some yarrow handy! Making yarrow soap is on my list of things I want to try. Supposedly, you can use a strong yarrow tea to make the soap and it will turn the finished bar a shade of yellow. So many soaps to make and just not enough time and ingredients! :)

  9. Amy says:

    I was wondering if you use the flowers or leaves or both for the hollyhock infusion?

    • Hi Amy! I’ve used both before. I try to go with leaves more often, but only because my flower supply is limited these days. (The chickens decimated my hollyhock patch one year and it hasn’t been the same since!)